• Brant rice
    Senior pastor

    Brant Rice has been a full-time pastor at Celebration Community Church for 17 years. Brant is the primary teaching pastor during our four weekend services. His main goal in ministry is to lead people to a relationship with Jesus, grow spiritually, and to do the same for others. 

    Brant has degrees from Fort Hays State University and Rockbridge Seminary. 

    He has been married to his extremely hot wife, DeLynn, for the past 23 years.  He has been blessed with four kids, Landry, Kelby, Chloe, and Zac.  

    In his time outside ministry, he enjoys Friday dates with DeLynn, going out of town with his family, golf, reading, and watching sports.


  • Derek mayfield
    associate pastor

    Derek is the Associate Pastor at Celebration. He has had the privilege of serving at C3 for 10 years in many different roles and has had the opportunity to be involved in many different ministries. Derek studied at and received degrees from Fort Hays State University and Rockbridge Seminary.  

    Derek is married to Tessa and they have two sons, Taten & Ryken. He enjoys Cowboys football, Royals baseball, golf and a good cup of coffee.


  • Delynn rice


    DeLynn Rice is the Children's and Family Director at Celebration Community Church - where she directs all of the Sunday lessons for Age 1 through 5th grades, and plans the children's and family events throughout the year. 

    Delynn is married to the love of her life, Brant. They are so blessed to have 4 children, Landry, Kelby, Chloe & Zachary. 


  • alicia hunter

    pastors assistant

    Alicia & Joshua Hunter are the parents of four sandbox digging, trampoline jumping, imaginative boys. They love going on bike rides, remodeling their house and camping. Alicia has a passion to help others find ways to use their talents to love others and to grow in a deeper relationship with God. 

    Alicia leads the C3 Leadership Academy (C3LA), the annual Mission Auction and the Vision Resource Teams.




    Kael is the Creative Arts Director at Celebration Community Church - where he oversees all things music, media, creative & service design, production and technology.  

    Kael is married to Sara and they have 3 kids - Isaac, Judah & Kadance and an awesome Goldendoodle, Yadi. He loves everything Mac, flat-bill caps, Pittsburgh Steelers football and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball. 

  • nathan purdue

    worship & DISCIPLESHIP director

    Nathan is the Worship Arts Director at C3. He oversees the majority of the music at church services and events. He teaches Science and coaches Cross Country and Track at Hays Middle School. 

    Nathan married waaaaaaay up to his wonderful wife, Margaret. He loves his two cats, Miko and Mylo, his dog, Luka, and all things outdoors.


    Office assistant

    Sheila is the assistant for both Connections and for CrossCurrent.  She is also the Volunteer Coordinator for C3Kids.  

    She has 5 grown children and loves to spend time with her 2 grandchildren.  She also loves playing with her rescued dog, Grace.


  • August phlieger


    August Phlieger is the Creative Arts Assistant. He enjoys serving on the worship team, and volunteering as a youth leader for CrossCurrent.



    Children & Family assistant

    Tessa is the Children & Family Office Assistant.  She has been part of Celebration Community Church since the very beginning - even helped Pastor Kyle decide on the name of the church!  She met her husband, Derek, through C3 and has two boys who keep her up-to-date on all things sports related.  When she's not playing pretend sword-fights in the living room, she enjoys making crafts and watching shows.  


  • Melisha jones

    Melisha is the data clerk at Celebration Community Church. God has blessed her with a fun-loving husband, Lanny, and together they have two wonderful sons, Kade & Maddox. 

  • Paula staab

    cleaning staff

    Paula is responsible for the appearance and cleanliness of the Hays campus.

    Paula married her high school sweetheart, Randy, 37 years ago. They are very proud parents of two children and have six amazing grandchildren. She enjoys stained glass, wildlife photography, kayaking with Randy and spending time with family.